Past projects

Below you'll find a selection of past projects related to the Collaboratory for Urban Resilience and Energy.

Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in the Urban Environment (ASCCUE)

Funding: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Duration: 2003-2006.

CURE researchers involved: John Handley, Jeremy Carter, Sarah Lindley, Susannah Gill, Darryn McEvoy.

Climate Proof Cities

Funding: Dutch Knowledge for Climate Research Programme.

CURE researchers involved: Dr Jeremy Carter (Co-I)

Climate Resilient Gibraltar

Funding: Government of Gibraltar. £82,000 total.

Duration: 2015-2016.

CURE researchers involved: Jeremy Carter (PI).

This project is focused on developing a strategy to increase Gibraltar’s resilience to extreme weather and climate change.

Community Approaches to Retrofit in Manchester (CHARISMA)

Funding: Faculty of Humanities Strategic Investment Research Fund. £25k total.

Duration: 2013-2014.

CURE researchers involved: Andrew Karvonen (PI), Saska Petrova (Co-I), Jenni Viitanen (RA).


Funding: Property company Bruntwood and the Oglesby Charitable Trust.

CURE researchers involved: Dr Jeremy Carter (Co-I).

Energy Vulnerability and Alternative Economies in Northern Greece (EVENT)

Funding: Royal Geographical Society. £5k total.

Duration: 2013-2014.

CURE researcher involved: Saska Petrova (PI).

Flooding of Transport Infrastructure Networks and Assets

Funding: Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA). £29,966 total.

Duration: 2014-2015. 

CURE researchers involved: Jeremy Carter (PI).

This project aims to enhance Greater Manchester’s knowledge of and response to the flooding of transport infrastructure networks and assets.

Foresight study on Horizon 2020 Third Strategic Programme

Funding:  EC – DG Research & Innovation, €6,280 to University of Manchester (€54,500 total).

Duration: 2015.

CURE researchers involved: Dr Joe Ravetz (Co-I).

Future of Cities Foresight: commissioned report on 'Urban Ecosystems'

Funding: UK BIS Foresight Unit 2014. £15k net to The University of Manchester.

Duration: 2014.

CURE researchers involved: Joe Ravetz.

Geopolitical Economy of Global Gas Security and Governance: Implications for the UK

Funding: UK Energy Research Centre.

Duration: 2012-2014.

CURE researchers involved: Professor Stefan Bouzarovski (Co-I).

Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns (GRaBS)

This was an EU project led by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), with a network of leading organisations involved in integrating climate change adaptation into regional and local planning and development across Europe.

CURE researchers involved: Dr Jeremy Carter (Co-I).

Housing in Multiple Occupancy: Energy Issues and Policy (HOME)

Funding: Eaga Charitable Trust. £28,580 total, with Future Climate.

Duration: 2013-2014.

CURE researchers involved: Stefan Bouzarovski (PI), Jenni Viitanen (Co-I).

Impact: Tracing impact and maintaining relevance: Six steps to flood resilience

Funding: Humanities HSIF funding Social Responsibility. £9,717.

Duration: 2013-2014.

CURE researchers involved: Dr Joanne Tippett (PI).

Improving Sustainability Skills and Knowledge in the Workplace

Funding: ESRC and the Sustainable Consumption Institute.

CURE researchers involved: Dr Joanne Tippett (Co-I)

Ketso (Knowledge Exchange Work, Social Enterprise Spin-off)

An interactive, hands-on toolkit for bringing meetings and workshops to life. It allows people to share their ideas, to learn from each other and to make informed decisions, enabling issues to be explored and priorities agreed upon.

Ketso is based on over fifteen years of development and research at The University of Manchester - from rural regeneration in Southern Africa; to community and business development in England's NorthWest; to working with students in schools and Universities; to consulting on the delivery of government policy. Ketso was launched as a social enterprise in April 2009.

Manchester Cycling Lab

Funding: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and Manchester City Council. £32,999.

Duration: 2014. 

CURE researchers involved: James Evans (PI), Gabriele Schliwa (RA).

This project applies research findings on living labs and sustainable urban development to the Future Cities initiative being co-ordinated by Manchester City Council.

Mapping Community Engagement in the Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership (GMWP)

Funding: Great Manchester Wetlands Partnership (through Lancashire Wildlife Trust and English Nature), £5,000.

Duration: 2013-2014.

CURE researchers involved: Joanne Tippett (PI).

Politicising the nexus: Nexus technologies, urban circulation, and the coproduction of water-energy

Funding: The Nexus Network. £5,000.

CURE researchers involved: Joseph Williams (PI), Stefan Bouzarovski (Co-I). 

Smart Cities and Communities Stakeholder Platform

Funding: European Commission, DG Energy (CEPS / GOPA). £12k to The University of Manchester.

Duration: 2013.

CURE researchers involved: Joe Ravetz.

Solving Business Problems with Environmental Data

Funding: The UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board. £104,224 total, with £29,465.73 to The University of Manchester.

Duration: 2014-2015. 

CURE researchers involved: Jeremy Carter.

The project is based on prototyping an innovative 'Adaptation Planning Service', which is a business-focused decision support tool for understanding and reducing extreme weather and climate change risks.

Strategic foresight

Funding: Construction Industries Training Board, £5k.

Duration: 2014-2015. .

CURE researchers involved: Joe Ravetz (Graphic Facilitator).

SUREGEN (Sustainable Urban Regeneration)

Funding: EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environments (SUE) programme.

CURE researchers involved: Dr Joe Ravetz (Co-I).

This project was aimed at providing practical tools to deal with the complexity and uncertainty of the urban regeneration process.

University of Manchester Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Funding: University of Manchester Estates. £15k total.

Duration: 2014-2015.

CURE researchers involved: Jeremy Carter (PI) and Angela Connelly (PI).